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Year 9 Powhiri and Place Responsive Wero/Challenge

Jane Townsend —

Over the last five weeks our Year 9 students have been involved in a teaching and learning programme focused on ‘Ko Wai Tatou/Who We Are’. The aim of ‘Ko Wai Tatou’ is to connect our Year 9 students with their new school, their community, the people, and the places they live in.

Venue: Whakatu Marae and Founders Park

Core Classes: 9A, B, C, D, E will attend Thursday 21 March

9F, G, H, I, J will attend Friday 22 March

To celebrate ‘Ko Wai Tatou’ and to launch our 2019 Hui Taurima/Learning Festival, all of our Year 9 students will have the opportunity to participate in a Powhiri at Whakatu Marae and a place responsive wero based at Founders Park.

Year 9 students, student leaders, and staff will be transported via buses from Nayland College to Whakatū Marae for a Powhiri. We will be welcomed on to Whakatū marae by Kaumatua and Kuia from Ngāti Koata. Please find further details of the day below:

8.45am: Students and staff to meet in the hall for waiata practice

9.10am: Students and staff travel to Whakatu Marae by bus

9.30-11.30am: Powhiri at Whakatu Marae

11.30am: Students will walk from Whakatu Marae to Founders Park where students will participate in a team place responsive challenge/wero. The wero will be based at Founders Park and surrounding areas and will involve exploring Founders Park, travelling to significant sites and learning about the stories and history of our local places. There will be a teacher and/or a Senior student supporting each group.

2.00-2.30pm: Collection of student voice through a group work activity reflecting on the Ko Wai Tatou experience.

2.30 pm: Depart Founders Park for Nayland College via buses.

3.00 pm: arrive at Nayland College

There will be morning tea provided in the wharekai after the powhiri. Students will need to bring their lunch, a waterproof jacket, a drink bottle and shoes appropriate for physical activity.

Please note: if you teach a Year 9 class that is involved in the Powhiri you will most likely be covering a class for a colleague who is involved in the day.

Ngā manaakitanga
Jane Townsend